Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Indians' 'Carmona' Arrested Cleveland Ace Is Accused of Lying about Age, Identity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Indians' 'Carmona' Arrested Cleveland Ace Is Accused of Lying about Age, Identity

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From year to year and game to game, the Cleveland Indians never knew what to expect from Fausto Carmona. On Thursday, he stunned them again.

Carmona, the opening-day starter last season, was arrested in the Dominican Republic for allegedly using a false identity. Officials in his native country are contesting his real name and birth date.

Police spokesman Maximo Baez Aybar said Carmona was arrested in Santo Domingo outside the U.S. consulate, where he had gone to renew his visa.

Carmona had played winter ball in the Dominican as he prepared to report to training camp next month in Goodyear, Ariz.

At this point, his future with the club is uncertain.

Aybar said Carmona's real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia and he's 31, three years older than the pitcher claimed. The Indians list Carmona's birthday as Dec. 7, 1983, in their 2011 media guide.

"We were recently made aware of the situation that occurred today in the Dominican Republic and are currently in the process of gathering information," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said.

Carmona's agent said he was caught off-guard by the arrest and that there are Dominican lawyers working on the player's behalf. "This took us by complete surprise," agent Jay Alou said.

"What we have to do now is wait to find out the process that has to be done with the consulate with this new identity in order to see if he can get a new work visa."

Carmona's arrest is the second involving a major leaguer in four months in a false identity case. Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was arrested in September.

Last month, an apologetic Nunez said he falsified his identify when he was young so he could play professional baseball.

Carmona won 13 games in 2010 in manager Manny Acta's first season.

Although he went just 7-15 last season, Carmona stayed healthy, didn't miss a start and was expected to be part of the starting rotation this season. The Indians picked up his $7 million option in October.

The Indians signed Carmona to a four-year contract in '08. The club has options on him for '13 at $9 million and '14 at $12 million. …

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